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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

Round of 16
Country flag Spain 1 : 0 Country flag Portugal
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Country flag Paraguay 0 (5) : (3) 0 Country flag Japan
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Ronaldo slams coach in post-match outburst

Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has sensationally slammed coach Carlos Queiroz in the immediate aftermath of his side's 1-0 defeat to Spain in the World Cup 2010 first knockout round.

David Villa's second half strike was enough to send the European champions into the quarter-finals at the expense of the Portuguese, who saw their defensive strategy fail to pay off after what had been a tight opening to the game.

When pressed, Ronaldo was seemingly keen to point the blame at his coach as he tried to explain the disappointing performance from his side after a tournament which saw them win just one of their four games in South Africa.

Speaking to gathered reporters shortly after the final whistle, the Real Madrid star slammed: "How do I explain Portugal's elimination? Talk to Carlos Queiroz."

The forward, who struggled to influence the game as his nation disappointingly exited the tournament, then stormed out and refused to say any more on the matter.

Ronaldo had appeared to be confused on the pitch as Queiroz consistently changed the side's tactics and his captain's position after their second half substitutions.

Spain's narrow victory means they will now face Paraguay in the last eight after the South Americans progressed on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Japan earlier on Tuesday.

Japan media praise new Blue heroes

AFP - Hiroshi Hiyama - ‎14 minutes ago‎
TOKYO — Japan woke up with a World Cup hangover Wednesday after the nation's history-making football team crashed out on penalties to Paraguay, ...

World Cup 2010 head-to-head: Paraguay v Spain

The Guardian (blog) - ‎44 minutes ago‎
Form Paraguay v Italy 1-1, v Slovakia 2-0, v New Zealand 0-0, v Japan 0-0 (5-3 pens) Spain v Switzerland 0-1, v Honduras 2-0, v Chile 2-1, v Portugal 1-0 ...

Japan fans crushed but grateful for surprise run

Reuters Africa - ‎47 minutes ago‎
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese soccer fans were crushed with their team's penalty shoot-out loss to Paraguay but grateful for the Blue Samurai's surprise run to ...

"They showed the world the real strength of Japanese football by working as a team," Kan said in a statement. "I applaud them for their brave battles."
more by Naoto Kan - 14 minutes ago - AFP (7 occurrences)

Japanese fans flood capital in support of national team despite World Cup loss

The Canadian Press - Jay Alabaster - ‎3 hours ago‎
TOKYO — Japan fans have applauded their national soccer team after its bid to make the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time fell inches short. ...

Paraguay advance on path of mediocrity

Financial Times - Simon Kuper - ‎3 hours ago‎
Some teams are born to mediocrity, some teams have mediocrity thrust upon them, and some teams achieve mediocrity through their deeds. ...

Watch Paraguay vs. Japan LIVE video streaming

Globe and Mail - ‎4 hours ago‎
Paraguay vs. Japan will be a great World Cup 2010 game, one you will want to watch in live video streaming. The game is available in live video and will ...

Justice done for Paraguay as Japan pay the penalty

Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Lynch - ‎5 hours ago‎
Paraguay edges out Japan on penalties to set up a quarter final match against Spain. Oscar Cardozo strode to the penalty spot with the nonchalent ease of a ...

Japanese PM applauds World Cup squad

AFP - ‎5 hours ago‎
TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan hailed Japan's World Cup squad Wednesday after a nail-biting defeat to Paraguay ended the Blue Samurai's ...

Penalty Miss Ends Japan's Surprising Run

Wall Street Journal (blog) - ‎5 hours ago‎
By Yoree Koh It was a hard end to a very long game. Japan bowed out of the World Cup Tuesday, coming one missed penalty shy of advancing to the last eight ...

World Cup: Inspired Paraguay reaches quarterfinals

Los Angeles Times - ‎5 hours ago‎
With an effort dedicated to teammate Salvador Cabanas, who was shot in the head in January, Paraguay defeats Japan on penalty kicks to get past the second ...

Timeline of articles

Timeline of articles
Number of sources covering this story
Japan media praise new Blue heroes
‎14 minutes ago‎ - AFP
World Cup: Extra time and penalty shootouts
‎14 hours ago‎ - The Associated Press
Paraguay, Japan 0-0 at halftime
‎15 hours ago‎ - The Associated Press
Land of rising sun will shine
‎17 hours ago‎ - Montreal Gazette
Paraguay v Japan: live
‎17 hours ago‎ -
Paraguay v Japan: match preview
‎Jun 28, 2010‎ -
Sweet taste of vindication for Okada
‎Jun 28, 2010‎ - Sydney Morning Herald
Free-kick specialists give Japan edge in World Cup match versus Paraguay
‎Jun 27, 2010‎ - The Canadian Press


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